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April 3, 1967

How It All Began

Author Affiliations

From Mt. Olympus, Thessaly, Greece.

JAMA. 1967;200(1):63-65. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120140121025

Act I  A room in a house in the Greek town of Modik long ago. Five nobles are lounging on couches.Philolaus: Fellow nobles, this dull, inactive life is deplorable. No war. No excitement.Empedocles: You're right! Since the advent of Greek fire it looks like war is a thing of the past.Heraclitus: And we haven't had a good public scandal since the furor over Isosceles' triangle died down.Patroclus: Maybe we'll regain political favor.Empedocles: Fat chance with Lysanias Boeotia Junius in power.Heraclitus: Right! With LBJ ruling the roost we might as well look for something else to do.Philolaus: Well, whatever we do, it should be worthy of us as nobles.Empedocles: Something that shapes man's destiny.Democritus: There's that fellow named Asclepios who goes around treating the sick. Calls himself a doctor. He shapes men's destinies.Heraclitus: You mean that nut with the snake on